Boone & Banner Elk, North Carolina  Tel 828.333.4170 Fax 855.404.4030 

Better Days and Nights,  P   L    L    C  

  Therapeutic Holistic Counseling for Individuals, Couples and Families

Alysa Calestini, MA, NCC, LCMHCA

Board Certified in:
General Counseling Practice
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Emphasis in:
Body Centered Therapy
North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors issued me the license of LCMHCA Id # A15366, the National Board for Certified Counselors granted me the certificate of National Certified Counselor, Id #.

About Me


Early life experiences navigating loss, grief, chronic illness, and major life transitions have shaped the way that I view the world.This path has instilled a passion within me for learning about the mind-body connection, psychology, and a holistic approach to healing.As a therapist, I will be present with you and walk beside you as you navigate your own journey. I believe in the power of authentic human connection and a non-judgmental therapeutic space to allow for one to access their true inner wisdom, resiliency, and growth. I want to hear your story and draw out the strengths that are inherent within you in order for you to gain awareness and to overcome challenges that you are facing.


I am a graduate of Appalachian State University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program with a concentration in Body-Centered Therapy. I have completed clinical internship experiences at the Seby B. Jones Cancer Center and at Lenoir Rhyne University’s Cornerstone Student Support and Wellness Center. The counseling approaches that I use in session include Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and an existential therapy lens. The person-centered approach maintains that you are the expert on your life, and you have the power to guide and direct our conversations. The counseling relationship will be based on dignity, respect, and compassion to create a safe space for you to process and explore what you bring to our sessions. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy focuses on identifying, examining, challenging, and restructuring inaccurate, unrealistic, and negative thoughts and beliefs. From an existential perspective, we can explore essential themes of human existence such as meaning-making, identity, death, freedom, and self-awareness. We will work together to explore your unique mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual experiences and needs as they affect you as a whole. I will be incorporating mindfulness and breathing techniques into our sessions. Mindfulness and breath work can be utilized to increase your overall body-mind awareness and help you to cope with stressors. We can also use expressive arts in our sessions to allow for you to express yourself through different art-based modalities.My areas of interest and experience include: depression, anxiety, self-esteem, chronic and terminal illness, death, grief and bereavement, spirituality, mindfulness, and medical trauma.


In my free time I enjoy being outside, swimming, reading, and making art.

 

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates

 
 

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.” Carl Jung